"It is a law of nature that everybody plays a hole badly when playing through": FIRST EDITION OF BERNARD DARWIN'S THE GOLFER'S MANUAL: 1857
The Golfer’s Manual. Being an Historical and Descriptive Account of the National Game of Scotland by ‘A Keen Hand’ and originally Published in 1857 and now Reprinted with an Introduction by Bernard Darwin.
Item Number: 43017
London: The Dropmore Press, 1947.
First edition. Limited to 750 numbered copies, this is number 239. Small octavo, original cloth. Text printed on hand made paper with wood engraved frontispiece. Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning.
Bernard Darwin a grandson of the British naturalist Charles Darwin, was a golf writer and high-standard amateur golfer. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1934, and was President of the Golf Club Managers' Association from 1933 to 1934 and then again from 1955 to 1958.
Other Books by this Author
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Playing the Like; Signed by Bernard Darwin
London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1934.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Bernard Darwin Jan 1935.” An excellent copy with some information regarding the book pasted to the inside gutter in the very rare dust jacket with a few closed tears. Rare in the original dust jacket and signed.
London: Souvenir Press Ltd, 1986.
First edition of this collection of writings by Bernard Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket designed by Des Jordan.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1936.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light rubbing. First editions in the original dust jackets are rare and this is easily the nicest example we have seen or handled.
London: Country Life Limited, 1946.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Name to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear.
"A classic in the literature of golf": First Edition of A History of Golf in Britain; Signed by Bernard Darwin
London: Cassell & Company, 1952.
First edition. Quarto, original green cloth. Signed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper. Frontispiece of John Taylor, illustrations throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips to the front panel and one to the foot of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Bernard Darwin are rare.
“IT IS THE CONSTANT AND UNDYING HOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT THAT MAKES GOLF SO EXQUISITELYWORTH PLAYING”: First Edition of Bernard Darwin's Green Memories; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.
First edition of the first volume of the author’s autobiographical trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including frontispiece portrait of the author. An excellent example in the rare dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Examples in the original dust jacket are rare.
London: Country Life, 1947.
First edition. Octavo, original yellow and green cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front cover, gilt topstain, illustrated. In near fine condition.
London: William Collins, 1943.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with eight plates in colour and 20 illustrations in black and white. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Bernard Darwin's Golf: Pleasures of Life Series
London: Burke, 1954.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Bernard Darwin's A Round With Darwin
London: Souvenir Press, 1984.
First edition of this collection of essays by Bernard Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968.
First edition of Plimpton’s classic work on golf. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Great Max another wild effusion- George.” The recipient was Max Steele, who along with Plimpton started The Paris Review. Additionally inscribed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, Max Steele. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Korn. A unique example.
Marysville, OH: O.M. Scott & Sons, 1922.
First edition. Octavo, original pictorial boards. Illustrated with vignette drawings stamped in green throughout. Rare.
"the strategy of the golf course is the soul of the game": First Edition of Golf Architecture in America; inscribed by George C. Thomas, Jr. in the rare original dust jacket
Los Angeles: The Times-Mirror Press, 1927.
First edition of one of the most comprehensive books on the fundamentals of golf course construction written by one of the field’s leading architects. Octavo, original green cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the verso of half-title page. Near fine in the original dust jacket which shows chips to the spine, front and rear panels. Rare in the dust jacket and inscribed.
Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.